CM probe team finds criminal negligence by Jalandhar hospital staff

A day after a committee constituted to inquire into the death of an infant due to the alleged negligence of the civil hospital staff submitted its report,another five-member committee,constituted by the the chief minister,handed over its findings and suggestions to the state government.

Written by Anju Agnihotri Chaba | Jalandhar | Published: July 31, 2012 3:27:37 am

A day after a committee constituted to inquire into the death of an infant due to the alleged negligence of the civil hospital staff submitted its report,another five-member committee,constituted by the the chief minister,handed over its findings and suggestions to the state government.

The committee headed by additional deputy commissioner Parneet Bhardwaj — he headed the other panel too — has stressed on ‘criminal negligence’ by hospital staff in treating the infant,which died following non-submission of Rs 200 as incubator fee by her father. The committee also expressed its surprise over the ignorance of the civil hospital staff about the Janani Shishu Surksha Yojna (JSSY) under which the delivery and further treatment of mother and child are free at government hospitals for one month.

The committee even wondered how health authorities did not pay attention towards the charges being deposited for ‘free services’ in the health department account.

“Even the patients present in the ward told the inquiry panel that infant’s father Sanjiv Kumar had tried to borrow Rs 200 from the people around but to no use,” sources said.

However,even as Bhardwaj handed over the report to the Director,Family Welfare and Health,Punjab,Dr Karanjeet Singh,two woman doctors,who were the part of panel,sent their dissent in writing to the government mentioning that they were not ready to accept that any ‘criminal negligence’ was adopted by the hospital staff or the on-duty nurse in the treatment of the child.

It may be noted that two inquiries were marked in the case,a three-member panel formed DC Jalandhar and another five-member panel constituted by the CM. The five-member team comprised included ADC Parneet Bhardwaj,SDM Sumit,Civil Surgeon RL Vassan,paediatrician Dr Jaswinder Kaur and Dr Sangeeta Kapur. The first team had submitted its report on Sunday,

Meanwhile,the five-member panel’s report also mentioned that ‘utter callousness and a pathetic attitude’ of hospital staff was seen in general towards the patients.

Talking to the The Indian Express,Karanjeet Singh said that findings in the new report are similar to those in the first report. He said the report will be handed over to higher authorities for further action.

It may be noted that the report submitted by the three-member committee to Jalandhar DC on Sunday mentioned that a civil hospital nurse,who was not even on duty in that ward,had put pressure on the infant’s parents to deposit Rs 200 for further treatment.

The DC inquiry report is silent about the cause of death but had mentioned that keeping the child away from phototherapy unit or other machine could not be the cause of infant’s death.

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